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Creating a warm, quiet and safe study environment with Selectaglaze Secondary Glazing
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From primary schools through to universities; we all learn better in a quiet and comfortable environment. Many schools and colleges occupy traditional buildings in noisy locations, with original single glazed windows, which can have an adverse impact on the learning environment. Secondary glazing can help resolve these distractions, simply and effectively. It can also significantly improve a building’s energy efficiency which improves comfort during winter months and increase window security as educational buildings are often targets of theft and vandalism.
Secondary glazing offers a very essential option to educational establishments as it is particularly suited to traditional buildings, those in conservation areas or Listed buildings with preserved facades.
Selectaglaze was approached to help provide a solution with secondary glazing at Stansted Airport College; the first on-site education facility of its kind at any major UK airport, designed by Pascall+Watson and built by Willmott Dixon. Courses on offer for the students, looking for a career in the aviation and related industries include; aviation operations and cabin crew, engineering and aircraft maintenance, hospitality and events management, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and work transition courses.
Acoustic tests have shown that Selectaglaze secondary glazing can provide a 45dB reduction if set 200mm from a single glazed primary window with 6mm glass. Based on this, if used in conjunction with high performance primary windows, then the dB rating requirements would be met.
Selectaglaze went onto install 32 units across the site with their Series 10 2 and 3 pane horizontal sliders and a Series 41 casement door. All were installed with a cavity of 200mm and tightly sealed.
Not only have the staff and students already seen the enormous acoustic benefit of the secondary glazing, as well as the thermal insulation it provides and the added security. The roar of the overhead planes has been silenced, creating a quiet and conducive space for teaching and studying.
Selectaglaze’s purpose made systems arrive fully assembled to allow rapid installation with minimum disruption but where work could impact on staff or students it can be programmed to coincide with holiday periods.
Founded in 1966, and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working in schools, colleges and universities. A wide range of extensively tested products and fully bespoke manufacture allows sympathetic designs to be created for all types of window. Contact Selectaglaze for more details; literature requests, free technical advisory or to book a RIBA approved CPD.
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